Running a race is a great way to practice running away from an angry grizzly bear or toward a charismatic mountain lion. Keep pace with nature with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of triathlon gear or rentals at Tri Shop Santa Cruz.
Founded by endurance enthusiast Trudie Ransom, Tri Shop caters to athletes partaking in triple-tiered pastimes with an array of high-quality equipment available for purchase or rent. Dive into a new or rented wetsuit, such as the Wahoo by Profile Design crafted for thermal insulation, and buoyancy ($220). Runners can peruse the selection of sole swaddlers catering to feet of all sizes, shapes, and arch heights, or try on performance enhancing attire such as shorts, shirts, and propeller hats ($50-$100). A wide array of specially-constructed bicycles from Quintana Roo are available for purchase (starting at $1,600), or for rent, for back-peddling commitment-phobes. Tri Shop’s informative staff is also on hand to match customers with the right equipment based on their experience level and abilities.
As of August 15, Tri Shop Santa Cruz is now known as SUP Shack, and is located at 2214 E. Cliff Dr. in Santa Cruz. This deal is now also redeemable for lessons.
Six Yelpers give Tri Shop Santa Cruz a 4.5-star average:
Trudie Ransom knows just how addictive the sensation of standing above the waves can be. After just a few trips out on her board, she not only began training with the standup-paddleboarding master Andy Whitman from Angulo boards, but also opened up SUP Shack. From her experience shadowing Whitman, she decided the best way to introduce people to the sport was with Angulo's soft, 10-foot boards, which serve as an easy surface to learn on while spending a day on the waves or taking one of the shop's classes or tours. Classes never contain more than six students, allowing each student to have the one-on-one attention needed to master the art of balancing and maneuvering the board. Once pupils are sure of their strokes, the shop's instructors lead guided tours that slip out across the rippling blue mirror and past the sights of the harbor or tackle the more advanced paths past sea-lion habitats. Late-evening tours pause as the sun sets over the ocean, filling the sky with color like somebody inciting peacocks to riot.